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Turn Up The Heat: What To Know About A Heat Pump

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Coal, fossil fuel, and just plain old fire have been used for centuries to help keep people warm during the cold winter months. If, however, you are looking for a more environmentally friendly way to heat your home, then you may want to consider an option like a heating pump. But if you are unfamiliar with heating pumps, then you may not have the first clue about what they are or how they work. Before you go back to your old ways of heating your home, this article will discuss heating pumps. 

What Is a Heat pump? 

Heating pumps are really unique because they work by using the outside hair to both heat and cool the inside temperature in your house. You may be wondering how on earth hot air from outside is going to cool down a hot house, right? Well, heat pumps are buried under the ground, and so they work to extract air at colder or warmer temperatures than what is outside of your window. For example, if you are freezing cold, then your heat pump will get warm air from below ground and pump it into your house to warm it up. 

Does It Work In Really Cold Temperatures?

One of the things to know about heat pumps is that they only really work if temperatures are only as low as about 25-30 degrees. If you live in a part of the country that gets freezing temperatures or that gets really cold, then your HVAC repair technician will connect your heating pump to your furnace. Then, when temperatures drop below about 25 degrees Fahrenheit, it will alert your furnace and turn it on. 

Are Heating Pumps Expensive? 

Much like with anything, the cost of a heating pump varies depending on the make and model that you get. For instance, if you have a large house, you are going to be spending several thousand dollars on a heat pump, whereas if you have a small house or a trailer, then you may only end up spending a couple of hundred dollars. During your bid with a heating pump specialist, they will be able to give you a more concrete idea of what you can expect to pay. 

Are you interested in learning more about heating pumps and whether or not investing in one is the right choice for you? If so, schedule an appointment with a heating pump contractor such as D & R Service Inc.